GEORGE TOWN, Nov 29 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on Saturday opened a 1.5km stretch of bicycle lane that forms part of the 12.5km dedicated bicycle route on the island. Up to 1.1km of the 1.5km stretch was built at a cost of RM4.6 million by the Municipal Council of Penang Island (MPPP) and a 450-metre stretch at a cost of RM100,000 by the private sector, he said.
The stretch, from Sungai Pinang to the city centre, also involved a bicycle-lane bridge and a pedestrian crossing over Sungai Pinang, he said at the opening ceremony. Lim said the 1.5km lane was part of the 12.5km bicycle route planned by the MPPP with the collaboration of private sector developers.
The lane was almost complete and would eventually link Queensbay via the east coast of the island to the Gama Supermarket & Departmental Store in Jalan Datuk Keramat, he said. Lim challenged those who were unhappy with the project, which was reportedly expected to cost RM30 million, to report the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
He said the MPPP only provided RM4.6 million in financing for the project, which was made via open tender, while the rest of the funding came from private property developers and companies. The MPPP had so far provided bicycle routes, either separately or shared with other vehicles, in the Heritage Zone, Gurney Drive to Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang to Bayan Lepas and in Balik Pulau, which encompassed village and coastal routes over a distance of 20 kilometres.